|Chicago is famous for a lot of things: da Bears, da Bulls, da wind, da blues, da Sammy Sosa, da Cindy Crawford, da Acid House, and, of course da Wiener Girls- a performance artist tandem who "selflessly serve the people of Chicago." It should come as no surprise that Chicago would spew forth this sausage-obsessed dynamic duo, replete witht their retro-camp uniforms (think Linda Ronstadt circa Living in the USA meets Nashville Pussy). |
These artists examine our culture by exploring and exploiting our most influencial yet absurd means of expressing style- the mass media- with, well, hot dogs. It's on the corner of Clark Street, nestled in the heart of yuppie Lincoln Park that the Wiener Girls appear like steam off a frank at the Wiener Circle Hot Dog Stand to perform their shtick. The stand is an apropos setting for the Wiener Girls' art show, "A Taste Sensation," a series of "well-hung" photographs exploring the socio-sexual role of hot dogs in our society. For example, take the portrait of the two (Katey and Sydney) happily sharing a foot-long wienie, poised decoratively at each end; or the image of them gloating over a handful of tiny Vienna Sausages, moments before engulfing them in their waiting maw. The photos however, are far from erotic. If anything, they come across as a couple of girls having fun with loaded buns. But considering their weighty manifesto, the Wiener Girls might be doing more than just goofing around.
"The Wiener Girls create hilariously absurd works of art to look at, and new ideas with which to laugh, but also offer us a profound and insightful look at our own culture," they say. (Like any self-respecting super-heroes, these fast food heroines speak int he third person.) Their rather frank photos are anomolies, simultaneously G- and Z-rated because after all, "obsenity is in the eye of the beholder."
The crowd gets the message....and relishes the dogs (the Wiener Circle packs in more dog-devouring customers per foot than any other establishment in Chicago).
The Wiener Girls' work really examines women's roles in pop culture," posits 4 year old fan Cyrus Reed between mouthfuls of congealing cheese fries, as the press-shy Girls' welcome their well-wishers. "Their awareness of the stereotypes used in the advertising and entertainment industries puts their work in a place that could possibly result in the deconstructing of gender roles in our society. Plus it's so funny, you'll shit your pants."